ICCR's art competition to help people across the world present their perspective on COVID-19 pandemic
New Delhi/IBNS: At a time when social distancing has been declared significant in containing the spread of the deadly coronavirus, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has organised an online international art competition themed "United against CORONA- Express through Art" in a bid to connect the people across the world.
The organisation which focuses on building cultural links with countries around the world and building people to people connections through cultural and educational exchanges has organised the competition with the motive to offer a platform to people across the world to express their emotions in the times of coronavirus pandemic.
This competition is open to all amateur and professional artists from India and the world over in all age categories. The event encourages submissions of artistic expressions to present their emotions, feelings, ideas and innovative thoughts on the COVID-19, social distancing, quarantine and the fight against the virus.
Participants are required to send high resolution photos (upto a maximum 10MB) of their work to ICCR by 1st May 2020. A high level jury consisting of eminent artists and cultural persons will select the best works. Attractive prizes shall be given to winning entries.
Best of the expressions will be exhibited in leading galleries in India and abroad. A permanent online exhibition will also be on display.
A grand event will be held in New Delhi with a cultural extravaganza and prize giving ceremony, dates for which will be fixed depending on resolution of the COVID crisis.
In a statement ICCR said: "ICCR believes that Art gives us hope, purpose and a desire to see beyond the problems of these difficult times. This competition is an effort to develop solidarity among the peoples of the earth and to bring together expressions of similar emotions being experienced in all countries.
"Over centuries, humanity has shown great resilience in overcoming unsettling times and we would like to capture this moment, record this period through the pure expression of Art. The hand of the artist freezes time and for eternity captures the essence of the emotions of society in that moment."
Paintings on Canvas/Paper with oil, water colours, pencil, crayons as well as digital art, graphic posters and paintings will be accepted in the competition.
The submissions should fall in Contemporary Art, Folk & Tribal Art, Cartoons & Illustrations Digital & New Age Art.